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  • #16

    you are all correct about pastured vs grass fed. Some farms actually sell pastured/whey fed pork which if you can find it is ridiculous. The Niman's brand of bacon at whole foods is delish but I do not believe it is pastured.


    • #17

      hovad, from the Niman Ranch website I got the impression pastured wasn't a requirement to be under that umbrella brand. Humane and chemical-free, but not pastured. I bought some at Trader Joe's recently--it might be available there throughout the country.

      Beeler's is a brand my local co-op carries, and it's not a Northwest brand so it might be available further afield. Nitrate-free, but I don't know that it's pastured either (there website is pretty lacking). It's my bf's and my favorite of the widely available brands we've tried.


      • #18
        Look twice at that nitrite-free bacon.

        I'm sure you already knew these but for the stumblers, here are some interesting reads about the marketing tricks behind "nitrite-free" and "no added nitrite" food labels.

        Your ?Nitrite-Free? Meats Are Full of Nitrites - Lifestyle - GOOD
        Nitrite free: Where does the truth end?
        So-called "Nitrite-Free" Bacon Is Full Of It : TreeHugger

        Beware "healthy" and "natural" meat products containing celery extracts, celery juice, or other plant extracts. Evidently, they may contain at least or even 3x the amount of nitrites as the Bar-S bacon in the grocery case. Using these extracts instead of the regulated additive allows them to circumvent the labeling laws and brand your meats as "no added nitrite."

        I didn't know any of this until I found it on the website of an organic beef and pork farmer who admits (horrors!) to adding small amounts of sodium nitrite to his pastured pork. I learned a lot and I have to say that I'd feel more comfortable buying his meat with a low standardized 120 ppm nitrite (200 is the USDA max concentration) over a grocery store "natural" product with an un-standardized celery extract that could contain an astounding 1,100 ppm of naturally occurring nitrite.

        Incidentally, this farmer will also process your meat without any added nitrites (including celery) if you choose.


        • #19
          It is very easy to make your own bacon. Google is your friend. So if you have access to pastured pork, get a belly and go for it.

          It may take some tinkering to develop a spice blend you go nuts for, but the basics are not at all difficult.
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          • #20
            Pigs don't eat grass. We buy uncured bacon which typically does not have nitrates in it. Whole Foods usually carries it.
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            • #21

              You might look into a farm buying club. Looks like Heritage farm might be able to fit your needs with delivery to Pittsburgh:

              Pittsburgh | Heritage Farm

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              • #22
                Grass fed pig stuff!

                Baron's Farms in Washington State has pastured bacon (= pigs:-)). Their beef and pork is all grass fed. Their bacon ends are to die for. No nitrates, no junk. I haven't checked on sugar content, but check them out online. They have, like, 12,000 acres or something. Their chickens are on grass too. Lots of rotation going on. Pretty darn sound



                • #23
                  Well if you live in Georgia then you can go to the folks at Ridge Creek.

                  Beef Per Pound (Freezer weight) 4 $
                  Pork Per Pound (Freezer weight) 2.50 $

                  Chicken raised 5 to 7 lbs costing $10.00 each. [LIVE NOT PROCESSED]
                  Farm fresh eggs $3.00

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Griff View Post
                    I have to settle for nitrite-free. I've never found grass-fed bacon anywhere.
                    U.S. Wellness Meats — Our Animals Eat Right So You Can Too. has beef bacon tips.
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